Developers play vital role
November 29, 2007
The barrage of personal insults fired at the people who provide an invaluable service to the community is getting beyond the ridiculous. Without these people we would be presented, every day, with vast amounts of unwanted, derelict waste land, a further decline in the level of local facilities and no new homes for our families, friends and people who wish to enjoy the possibilities that up and coming towns like Aldershot, Farnborough and Fleet can offer.
I do believe that developers need to be questioned and tested against the aspirations of the communities they are providing for. However, in the same way, they are expected to present their case in a constructive, well-mannered and professional format, the people who wish to object or air an opinion should be courteous enough to do the same.
I can only hope that the blatant attempt to rally support by bombarding the developer with personal insults, is seen by others as it is by me, as a display of ignorance and unbelievable short-sightedness. Surely those people would gain more support, respect and listening time by putting forward a case of facts, justified arguments and legitimate concerns.
It is the responsibility of the media to present an unbiased view and appropriately educate the community with facts. For this reason I believe that the developers’ side should be truly represented.
Perhaps it would help if people where to be reminded that the developer is actually a team of human beings made up of a variety of professional, husbands, wives, mums, dads, sons and daughters, just like you and me. Many have chosen this career path, not to be insulted on a regular occasion, or misjudged by ignorance, but to help build and positively contribute to making communities and better places for people to live, work and play.
Perhaps the next time someone feels it necessary to present a particular view of the developer, for whatever reason, they should remember this and give more time and thought to exactly what it is they are concerned about and prepare a constructive argument rather than personal unnecessary verbal bullying aimed at the people who want to build, promote and enhance our environment, communities and economy.
The popular belief, resulting from the continuous publication of un-objective articles suggesting that developers continuously make up their own rules, deliberately set out to mislead, disrupt and rub their hands in glee as the profits roll in is an unjustified misrepresentation of reality.
Developers play a very important role in meeting the aspirations of central and local government. It is those in high power who set the rules, how many houses, where, when, what size, how many parking spaces, what level of affordable housing, community facilities and infrastructure. Developers are, in simple terms, a means by which the Government fund and realise these aspirations.
Mrs M Doherty, The Warren, Aldershot